"Puritan" Gas Stove

Single-burner gas stove and heater featuring a removable, openwork, domed crown with scroll finial; a brass scalloped-edge cap; a vertical, cylindrical shell or casing pierced with two rows of dots and pointed drops near top and one row at base; and a three-foot base decorated with Eastlake- or Art Nouveau-style anthemion and fan motifs incorporating "PURITAN" at front center. Two-pane mica door on front is framed by a plaque with "No 2 / CLEVELAND FDY CO" and "CLEVELAND O." cast in raised letters above and below. Rectangular riveted-on plaque at center below cap reads "PATENTED / JULY 31.94". The threaded connector for the supply valve extends out above the back foot.
Charles Whittingham of Cleveland, OH, received U.S. Patent No. D23,531 for his "Design for Gas-Heaters" on July 31, 1894. The design depicted in the patent application is for a larger heater, possibly Puritan No. 3; No. 2 appears to be a smaller version. The Cleveland Foundry Company of Cleveland, OH, manufactured heaters and cook-stoves under the "Puritan" brand name.
Currently not on view
Object Name
stove, gas
date made
ca 1894
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
overall: 18 3/8 in x 12 in x 10 1/4 in; 46.6725 cm x 30.48 cm x 26.035 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Waggaman-Brawner
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